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Definitions of foreign

  1. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world; "foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own); "foreign trade"; "a foreign office" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Not native or belonging to a certain country; born in or belonging to another country, nation, sovereignty, or locality; as, a foreign language; foreign fruits. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Held at a distance; excluded; exiled. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Remote; distant; strange; not belonging; not connected; not pertaining or pertient; not appropriate; not harmonious; not agreeable; not congenial; - with to or from; as, foreign to the purpose; foreign to one's nature. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Belonging to another country: from abroad: not belonging to, unconnected: not appropriate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Of another country; unconnected; not to the purpose; not in accord with. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Belonging to another nation or country; alien; remote; not connected; not to the purpose. Foreign plea, an objection to a judge as incompetent to try the question, the case not being within his jurisdiction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. External; alien; belonging to another nation or country; not to the purpose; remote; not native or natural. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for foreign

  1. It was recalled to me by the mother's anxious face, as she gave me a foreign letter to post. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. Their knowledge of foreign things is as great, and their contact with them often more. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot